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ESC Annual Report 2018

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MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is to work within our communities to alleviate the conditions of poverty and provide individuals and families with opportunities that will enable them to achieve economic security. BlairMdITC TT Medium PMS 1795 C / #DD1100 COMMUNITY PMS 298 C / #00CCFF ACTION PROMISE Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

TABLE OF CONTENTS President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Board of Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 CEO’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Poverty Solutions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Food & Nutrition Solutions. . . . . . . . . . .6 Health & Wellness Solutions . . . . . . . . . . 9 Housing & Energy Solutions . . . . . . . . . 12 Economic & Family Solutions . . . . . . . . 24 Education Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Capacity Building Solutions . . . . . . . . . 39 Funding Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Locations & Phone Numbers. . . . . . . . . 41 Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area (ESC), a Community Action Agency is part of a 1,000 member Community Action Partnership, America’s Poverty Fighting Network. ESC is striving toward alleviating poverty in Barton, Jasper, Newton and McDonald counties in Southwest Missouri. Our professional Community Action staff has offered hope, opportunity and change for 53 years. Economic Security Corporation utilizes a multitude of community and family opportunities designed to support people in crisis, as well as continuously developing innovative approaches to solving poverty and affecting positively the Southwest Missouri communities. Economic Security Corporation’s Community Action professionals work closely with our customers to identify and resolve the underlying conditions of their economic challenges. Our current plan of action addresses the basic needs of virtually every individual or family that is facing poverty – Food, Education, Housing, Energy, Health, Economic and Family Security. It also emphasizes our agency’s responsibility in ensuring we have the resources necessary to address these barriers. We refer to these opportunities as …… Solutions to Poverty This report offers insight into Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area’s current endeavors to provide solutions to poverty that families and our local communities are experiencing. Our agency offers innovative options to the many causes and conditions of poverty. Individuals and families that live in our local communities have improved their quality of life, as can be seen in the 2017 census data, three of our four counties have seen a reduction in poverty. 1

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